A Level History
The A Level History course is designed to introduce you to British and European/World history and periods going back at least 200 years.

There will be studies in breadth and depth, and a personal study focused on different interpretations of a significant historical event.

Why study this subject at A-Level?

The course will contain a variety of learning experiences including lectures, debates, role play, films, decision-making exercises, student presentations, ICT, trips and University Conferences.

With a Historical Enquiry featuring in the full A Level Course, independent learning and study skills are expected and developed. A willingness to undertake personal reading is a crucial pre-condition for success.

Summary of the course

Edexcel History consists of four units of assessment. For the full A Level award three papers are examined at the end of Year 13 and a personal study is internally assessed.

How is the qualification assessed?

Paper 1 Germany and West Germany,1918-89

Political and governmental change, 1918-89: includes Weimar Germany, Nazi Germany and Federal Republic of Germany; Opposition, control and consent,1918-89: includes Economic development and policies, 1918-89; Aspects of life in Germany and West Germany, 1918-89.
Historical interpretations: How far was Hitler’s foreign policy responsible for the Second World War?

Paper 2 The rise and fall of Fascism in Italy, c. 1911-46

The liberal state, c.1911-18; The rise of Mussolini and the creation of fascist dictatorship, 1919-26; The fascist state, 1925-40; Challenges to, and the fall of, the fascist state, c1935-46

Paper 3 British Experience of Warfare c. 1790-1918
Aspects in breadth: Changes in organising the military and changes in the role of people.
Aspects in depth: Britain at war overseas:
Britain and French wars, 1793-1815; The Crimean War, 1854-56; The Second Boer War, 1899-1902; Trench warfare on the Western Front, 1914-18; The war in the air, 1914-18
Protest, agitation and parliamentary Reform in Britain, c. 1780-1928
Aspects in breadth: Reform of Parliament

Changing influences in parliament: impact of parliamentary reform; Aspects in depth: mass protest and agitation; Radical reformers, c1790-1819; Chartism, c1838-c1850; Contagious Diseases Act and the campaign for their repeal, 1862-86; The Women’s Social and Political Union, 1903-14; Trades union militancy, 1917-27

Paper 4 Historiographical enquiry – the study of 3 contrasting historical interpretations

Causes of World War One Or Russian Revolution 1917 Or An aspect of the British Empire


Entry Requirements

Applicants will require at least a Grade 6 in GCSE History. If you do not achieve this grade then you will need to convince the Faculty Leader or equivalent teacher of your suitability for the course.

Edexcel History 9H10

Component 1 (30%)

2 hours 15 minutes

Component 2 (30%)

1 hour 30 minutes

Component 3 (30%)

2 hours 15 minutes

Component 4 (20%)

Historical enquiry

History A level